This program offers to help Australian dialysis patIents and families 'konnect' to organise travel - to take a respite break or holiday within Australia.
Register for our pilot program to connect with others in Australia privately to arrange a 'dialysis chair swap'. Your renal staff must agree to the dialysis chair swap. Consider opportunities below.
STEP 1 - REGISTER
Send us your Letter of Registration signed by your nephrologist and dialysis unit staff which confirms your health is stable and you can travel. (You may be asked to complete a more detailed request from the Dialysis Unit). Use our Australian Dialysis Unit Guide to locate any renal or dialysis unit in Australia.
STEP 2 - ADVERTISE
When we receive your signed registration letter, which should include details of your travel wish, we simply register your area of dialysis in the Dialysis Konnections Register (see below). The exact location of your dialysis unit is not identified - only areas and regions are noted. You can request a couple of locations, but can only accept one 'konnection' at a time.
STEP 3 - RECOGNITION
Another haemodialysis patient wishing to travel (who must also be registered under the same criteria) sees your travel wish details and location on the Konnections Register.
STEP 4 - CONTACT
Registrant makes contact with Kidney Health Australia requesting a 'Konnection'.
STEP 5 - EXCHANGE
When you are identified as a registrant with a matching travel wish, we help you 'connect' with your possible dialysis chair swap partner privately, to refine plans, dates etc. You each then confirm plans for a 'swap' for an agreed time period with your individual dialysis unit contact to confirm and complete the arrangements.
Keep in mind - some dialysis units may:
- have temporary vacancies for a set period
- require patient screening for communicable diseases, before exchange can be approved
- keep chairs for holiday patients *Refer Dialysis & Travel
SPREAD THE WORD!
This is a new pilot program - we need your help to promote the 'chair swap' program. If any steps seem unclear, contact Teresa by email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 08 8334 7509.
Talk to your dialysis unit staff or nephrologist before you start to plan any holiday. Ask them if they feel you could enter into this program.
You may need to be flexible around your original plans to come to an agreement on exchange dates. You will need to swap exact treatment times with each other.
When you register, you agree to allow your name and contact details to be given to another registered program patient who has shown interest in discussing an exchange. Make sure you are comfortable with passing on your personal contact details to any suitable dialysis swap partners before registering.
No private contact details or exactly locations of dialysis units will be listed of the Register below - an entry will only list a registrant's current location and desired destination (See example in Register below).
Your dialysis unit will have the necessary paperwork to send your treatment/condition details to the other participating unit. There may be certain conditions where the other unit may not accept your treatment.
You must check with your own dialysis unit prior to agreeing to an exchange of dialysis chairs.
Illness, emergency situations in the dialysis unit or some other situation may arise, where one of the pair have no option but to cancel your agreed plans, preventing the exchange. You would be wise to consider some form of travel insurance, or personal cover and savings, should your travel plans be cancelled.
THE BIG RED KIDNEY BUS - HOLIDAY MOBILE DIALYSIS UNIT
To find out more and about current vacancies - go to BIG RED KIDNEY BUS page>
This mobile dialysis bus provides holiday dialysis at Victorian holiday spots for up to 6 weeks at a time, parked at local caravan parks. Dialysis patients need private accommodation but can dialyse on the bus and enjoy a real holiday with family. For some, their first break since starting dialysis 3 times a week for 5 hours, as there are very few spare chair spots available in dialysis units. It is also rare to locate a dialysis unit near a holiday destination.
The future of this project
This consumer initiated project is a "first" in Victoria. A further 4 buses have been pledged which may be utilized for holiday mobile dialysis as well as early detection and screening for chronic kidney disease, in regional and remote parts of Australia.
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Simply note your donation Big Red Kidney Bus Program. Or simply call us on 1800 454 363 and our staff will make your donation via credit card easy.
Updated 22 July 2015. Disclaimer: Kidney Health Australia undertakes no responsibility for cancelled holiday exchanges or unusual circumstances that may evolve around this arrangement. Kidney Health Australia has no responsibility for any financial loss incurred by any cancelled or delayed dialysis exchange. All Kidney Health Australia will do is facilitate a safe exchange of contact details between those registered in this program. The remaining arrangements are up to you.